Interview with C.S. Black

When did you first start writing?
Honestly, it seems like it's been forever now but that can't be the case can it? I suppose it started when I learned how to write full sentences, which would have been kindergarten or first grade. The good stuff came later though, when I understood how to formulate a story correctly.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It wasn't something that I planned on doing it just sort of fell into my lap, but I am glad that it did. It is nice to have complete control over your work, which is something all indie artists can appreciate I am sure.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The characters, definitely the characters. To be able to create an entire new person (or being) from complete scratch and give them an identity, a purpose, a drive, all of that is what makes writing worth while to me.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me and my world wouldn't be the same without them. They are the reason those ideas keep spinning around in my head and eventually get put into words.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a young adult science fiction novel (trilogy). This idea has been in the works for three years so I am happy to finally be writing it. It's going to have a lot of fun aspects associated with the book so keep an eye on my website.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, my boyfriend and I live together so we have a lot of fun. Video games is high on the list of things that we both like to do as well as going to the movies, hiking, camping, and playing with our cat Stella.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I like to browse my favorite genre and if there is nothing interesting in there I just browse all. That is the most proficient way that I have found to find good reads.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I definitely do not. There have just been so many and I used to write on paper before I was old enough to have a laptop so a lot of them got lost in the fray.
What is your writing process?
The first thing I do is make an outline of the characters and then I make an outline of the story, after that I just wing it.
How do you approach cover design?
First let me start by saying I love graphic design. I have done a lot of it but I still have a lot to learn so I'm not an expert but I can throw a good cover together. I usually do my best to make it match the story and the font would match the emotion of the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1.) The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger - Best coming of age story that there is. holden is one of the best characters ever created.
2.) Wicked by Gregory Maguire - Because every story has two sides and the description is amazing.
3.) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - You have never seen this side of suicide before, intense and emotional.
4.) Charlotte's Web by E.B. White - First book I remember relating to as a kid and I still love it to this day.
5.) Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller - It was real, honest, and sad. I would have liked to have seen it as a play.
Published 2014-11-25.
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Books by This Author

The Rising Son
Price: Free! Words: 2,550. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
The Rising Son is a story about a teenaged boy who has grown up inside a life of crime. Having a mob boss as a father, Vinny has learned a lot of things but love and compassion are not among his life lessons. After finding out that his own father is keeping him from becoming a made man Vinny takes matters into his own hands. However, the consequences of his actions will change his life forever.